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Room by Emma Donaghue

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Jack has just turned five years old. He and Ma live in Room, where he’s lived for his whole life. To Jack, Room is the whole world, but for Ma, it’s a prison where she’s been held against her will for seven years.

In this small 11×11 room, she’s been able to protect Jack from Old Nick, and create a whole world for him. But as he gets older, his imagination and curiosity grow, and she knows that soon, Room will not be big enough.

Told from five year old Jack’s perspective, this story is one that really captures your attention. I read it over two days, and when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it or talking about it. I just couldn’t wait to see what would happen next, and I didn’t want it to end.

Ms. Donahue really did a great job in creating a story that shows the human side of a shocking situation.

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